Miss Louisiana Boosts Morale of Deploying Submarine
GROTON. Conn. –The reigning Miss Louisiana 2010 USA visited her namesake submarine, USS Alexandria (SSN 757), providing a grand send-off for the crew, which departed for a full deployment on May 21.
Sara Brooks spent time with the crew at Naval Submarine Base New London on May 19 – 20, just days after competing in the Miss USA 2010 pageant in Las Vegas. During her visit, Brooks signed autographs for the crew and toured the Los-Angeles class attack submarine, which is the third vessel to bear a name that is shared by cities in both Louisiana and Virginia.
“I don’t know what I thought it would be like, but I‘m excited to be here,” said Brooks, who spent just ten hours at home after the pageant before flying out to say goodbye to the submarine crew.
As Brooks chatted with the crew, several mentioned they were Louisiana natives.
For the ships “Doc”, Hospital Corpsman First Class David Farque, this was an opportunity to speak with someone from his home town. He is a native of Lafayette, La., where Brooks currently resides.
“I think it was awesome,” Farque said, “It’s great that she took the time to find out what we do to serve our country.”
Logistics Specialist Second Class Archie Gray, a native of New Orleans, said,” I was looking forward to meeting her. She has the Louisiana spirit.”
Following her final autograph section, Brooks presented a photo to Alexandria’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Gene Doyle, and spoke to the crew via the ships public address system.
“Thank you so much for allowing me aboard.” she told the crew. “I’ll be counting the days until your return. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.”
Brooks is a 22 year old senior at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). She is majoring in Applied Science, and will continue her education by getting her Master’s Degree at UL. Sara is actively involved with the Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Up till Dawn for St. Jude Children's Hospital, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as Ducks Unlimited.
Alexandria was commissioned in June 1991.
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100520-N-6665M-132 GROTON, Conn. (May 20, 2010) – Miss Louisiana USA, Sara Brooks, poses next to a periscope aboard Los-Angeles class submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757). Brooks signed autographs for the crew and wished them “good luck” before they departed for their full deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician Second Class Mark Moore
100520-N-6665M-194 GROTON, Conn. (May 20, 2010) –The crew of Los-Angeles class submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) poses for a picture on the brow with Miss Louisiana USA, Sara Brooks. Brooks toured the submarine before it departed for a regularly scheduled deployment. She said that she was in awe of the hard work and dedication the crew puts into their work every day. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician Second Class Mark Moore